Looks like Canada just did another thing right. While the United States is arguing about who gets to pee where–and passing legislation to restrict your bathroom to your birth gender–Canada has been sitting here not caring about it. Canada is pretty open and progressive in general about accepting and celebrating diversity and equality. This week at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada showed again how carelessly inclusive it can be.
For the event this year, the CNE needed to order new washrooms and rather than get ones with those binary male and female stick figures, they opted for a more inclusive decal. Designed by Kansas artist Peregrine Honig, the new signs feature a stick person who has half a skirt and half pants on (are they pants or is he naked?) with the words ‘WE DON’T CARE’ written underneath. Does anyone else love the sassy Canadian shade coming from these washrooms?
— Joshua Ostroff (@joshuaostroff) August 22, 2016
We’re pretty proud of Canada on this one. With gender-neutral washrooms such a hot topic, Canada is really handling the whole thing very well. The Ex isn’t the only place where Canada has made the change either. Schools and rec centers all over have been switching their traditional male-female bathrooms for all-inclusive ones. Canada is stepping up and its citizens are proud.
News update: Canada has transgender bathrooms at the CNE, I couldn’t be more proud 👏🏽
— Yeldah Shelby (@b_bibliophile) August 24, 2016
The genderless bathrooms at the CNE have “We don’t care” written on them instead of “Male/Female”
I love this city
— SilverShrew⚡ (@SilverDongerr) August 23, 2016
Plus, not only are these bathrooms gender-neutral, they are supposed to be more private and comfortable than the previous models. A win-win for The Ex-goers.
Sure, there are still a lot of problems with Canada. No, we’re not perfect. But it’s always nice when we can step up, do the right thing and be inclusive without even batting an eye. You go, Canada!